Today, on the 32nd On the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Vice President Kamala Harris hosted a roundtable with disability rights advocates to discuss access to reproductive health care. The meeting built on the Vice President’s commitments on reproductive rights with healthcare providers; faith leaders; experts in constitutional law, data protection and technology; supporters; and Attorneys General, and following recent meetings convened by the Vice President with state legislators and local leaders in Indianapolis, Indiana; Richmond, VA; Charlotte, North Carolina; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Orlando, Florida. Vice President Harris also brought together lawmakers from Florida, Indiana, Montana, North Dakota and Nebraska in Washington DC to discuss reproductive rights challenges in those states.
Vice President Harris discussed how inequalities in access to health care for people with disabilities persist in our country and shared that these challenges are exacerbated after the fall of the Supreme Court Roe v. calf. Participants shared stories of challenges that people with disabilities disproportionately face in relation to reproductive health care and access to abortion.
Vice President Harris stressed the government’s commitment to protecting reproductive rights and how the government will continue to fight for the physical autonomy and self-determination of all people with disabilities. Attendees discussed how much needs to be done to fulfill the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Vice President Harris thanked them for their leadership in spotlighting the need for equity and access. She spoke about the importance of coalition building in the movement to protect reproductive care for all.
- Dior Vargas, disability rights and mental health advocate
- Maria Town, American Association of Persons with Disabilities
- Lydia Brown, President and CEO of Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network
- Robin Wilson-Beattie, Educator of Sexual and Reproductive Health with Disabilities
- Sam Crane, Legal Director at Quality Trust for People with Disabilities